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May 16, 2019 09:45AM
The root-coloring spray that is in a small aerosol can worked very well when I tried all these products about 2 years ago while traveling and between hair appointments. I had terrible luck using the paintbrush-powder type--it just didn't stay on. I have no idea whether it's "safe" to do this during chemo, but my logic says Why Not---it's just a topical thing, and I can't imagine that it would have an adverse effect on your treatment.
If I were you, I'd phone up the onco clinic and ask this question of the triage nurse, or message your MO to be sure.
I'm 61 now. I retired at age 60 after 38 years of high school teaching. Went "natural" immediately. Took awhile! I had the whole caramel + gold highlights gorgeous colored look, but I was done spending the time and money on it, and done worrying about grow-out showing, etc. My husband called it the Tyranny of Hair Dyeing. The first thing my stylist did was turn me into a platinum blonde. That was startlingly close to my real silver, so as the platinum grew out, I went "natural." This took 6 months, and right about when I became my new silver color all over, here came chemo into my life. I was distraught! I'd worked so hard to get to this new silver look, and I didn't want to lose my hair.
Here's a photo of me after 2x TC at my daughter's wedding--it thinned a bit more over next 2 treatments, eyebrows fell out 1 month after PFC, but I got clever with eyebrow pencil, and eyeliner kind of hid the fact that eyelashes thinned for awhile. Paxman did a good job for me. My most hated stage was 1 month after chemo when I was down to almost no eyebrows--my face felt erased! Ha ha, pretending here that I feel just great, ha ha, but NOT TRUE, I was at the end of a chemo cycle + a few extra days (MO worked that small extra recovery time in so that I could be at my best for daughter's wedding) and of course was feeling fairly tired and weird, but I was happy, because the wedding was full of joy and love.
2nd photo is 6 months post chemo at a concert I sang in last weekend--full and thick hair for sure, even whiter now, but of course, I've been through a lot in the past year!
Also, now I'm officially invisible. Old Lady Joke---kind of not funny, kind of true, and Oh Well, I am who I am....
3/2003, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+, HER2-
6/10/2003 3DCRT: Breast
8/8/2003 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
4/25/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
5/22/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
6/25/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
11/7/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
1/2/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant